3Spain Capital: Madrid Where Spanish language originated. Thanks to Columbus,was THE world powerof the 16th & 17thcenturies.Antonio Banderas
4South America 9. Venezuela 2. Columbia 3. Ecuador 4. Peru 5. Bolivia 10. Uruguay6. Chile7. Paraguay8. Argentina
5Columbia Capital: Bogota Named after Christopher Columbus. Home of Shakira& Juanes.
6Ecuador Capital: Quito Name means Equator, which passes through the countryCountry of theGalapagos Islands.
7Peru Capital: Lima Capital of the Inca Empire. Home of the ruins at Machu Picchu.Setting for newestIndiana Jones movie.
8Bolivia Capital: La Paz* Named after S. American hero Simon Bolivar. Home of Lake Titicacaand Lake Poopo.* Sucre is constitutional and judicial capital.
9Chile Capital: Santiago Easter Island off coast. Country of Nobel Prizepoet PabloNeruda.
10Paraguay Capital: Asuncion Rich Guarani Indian culture. 94% of the populationspeaks Guarani. Only75% speak Spanish.
11Argentina Capital: Buenos Aires Origin of the Tango. Famous Argentines:Evita & Che Guevara
12Venezuela Capital: Caracas Home of great S. American liberator Simon Bolivar.Many famous baseballplayers: Ozzie Guillen,Andres Galaraga, andH.O.F. Luis Aparicio
13Uruguay Capital: Montevideo Very modern and developed country. Esteban Batista: FirstUruguayan NBA player.
14Central America The Caribbean 18. Cuba 19. Dominican Republic 11. Guatemala12. Belize20. Puerto Rico13. El Salvador14. Honduras15. Nicaragua16. Costa Rica17. Panama
15Capital: Guatemala City Tikal: ancientMayan ruins.Rigoberta Menchu:Nobel Peace Prize 1992
16Belize Capital: Belmopan English is the “official” language. More people speak Spanish.Former British Colonynow a BritishCommonwealth
17El Salvador Capital: San Salvador Martyred civil-rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero.Name means“The Savior”
18Honduras Capital: Tegucigalpa Famous Honduran Americans: - Carlos Mencia (born in Honduras).- David Archuleta (Honduran mom).- America Ferrera (Honduran parents).
19Nicaragua Capital: Managua Famous author/poet Reuben Dario Iran/Contra scandalin U.S. linked tofunding Nicaragua’sSandanistas mid 1980’s
20Costa Rica Capital: San Jose President Oscar Arias Sanchez won Nobel Peace Prize in 1987Beautiful rainforests andEco-tourism.
21Panama Capital: Panama City Panama Canal links Atlantic and Pacific U.S. invaded in 1989 to capture Manuel NoriegaBaseball H.O.F. Rod Carew
22Cuba Capital: Havana World famous for their cigars. Communist dictator Fidel Castro has been in power since Currently his brother Raul is the “official” head of state.FidelRaul
23Capital: Santo Domingo Dominican RepublicCapital: Santo DomingoBaseball is most popular sport. Many MLB stars came from the Dominican Republic including: David (Big Papi) Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.Island shares a border withFrench speaking Haiti.
24Puerto Rico Capital: San Juan Commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Ricans are granted U.S. citizenship.One of the last Spanish colonies in the Americas. (1898)Home of Ricky Martin (Livin’ La Vida Loca)
25North America22. The United States ??According to the 2000 census, there are 28,100,000 (that’s 28 million!!!) Spanish speakers in the United States.Recent data shows the U.S. as the 5th largest Spanish speaking country in the world.You Are Here21. Mexico
26Mexico Capital: Mexico City Mexican cuisine mixture of European and indigenous ingredients. Authentic Mexican food differs a bit from Taco Bell.Capital of the Aztec Empire.Traditional music:Mariachi
27Capital: Washington D.C. United StatesCapital: Washington D.C.Effects of Spanish on U.S.:Spanish speakers: Largest growing people group in US.Almost 100,000speakers in Iowaaccording to 2006US Census Bureaudata.